Prepare to mail parcels to UK addresses.
Visit a Christmassy venue.
(Scroll down for the day in detail)
“Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special” (2008) is as close to the ideal festive comedy special as you will find. The Sunday Times declared that it was “brilliantly written, perfectly timed, immaculately performed” and we can only wholeheartedly endorse that review. Ruth Jones and James Corden both co-write and co-star in the BAFTA-winning BBC sitcom and somehow take the series to a new level of excellence with this episode, which was first shown on BBC1 on Christmas Eve 2008. It has the initial excitement of the Welsh contingent gathering to travel to spend Christmas with the Shipmans (accompanied by Chris Rea’s “Driving Home For Christmas” – what else?), along with last minute shopping, a grand Nigella-inspired feast, a good old sing-song, a right old barny, some reconciliation, beautifully choreographed gift-opening and a surprise proposal. And that’s just the half of it. Watch and have yourself a merry little Christmas now. We recommend you watch the Christmas 2019 comeback special later in the month, so look out for that. It’s another beauty. (TV Magic: A lop-sided game of Battleships has Ness declaring: “I can read you like a book, Stace.” Pam Shipman, disappointed to receive Christmas cards on Christmas Eve, reveals she sends her cards out in early November to give people a good seven weeks to enjoy them.)
And from the animation world…
“Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year” (2002): with the voice talents of Jim Cummings as Pooh Bear and John Fiedler as Piglet. Michael York narrates. This direct to DVD animated collection includes the 1991 Christmas television special “Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too” alongside the newer creation “Happy Pooh Year”. In the delightful “Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too”, Christopher Robin writes a letter to Santa asking for gifts for him and his friends. But Pooh is overlooked so retrieves the letter and adds his wish: a pot of honey, of course. Getting the revised letter to Santa is not as easy as Pooh hoped. Could Pooh Bear have ruined Christmas for everyone – and what sacrifice is he willing to make to rectify matters? (Movie Magic: Pooh Bear dresses as Santa and makes some rather special deliveries. Each recipient’s delight is not long lived.)
“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.”
Bing Crosby (1904-1977), American singer and actor
“Happy Holiday” by Andy Williams;
The album “One Voice at Christmas” by Aled Jones.
Did you know…the first Trafalgar Square tree donated by Norway was brought over in 1947 as a thank you for Britain’s help and friendship during World War II? Ever since, the giant Norwegian spruce has been given annually to the City of Westminster by the City of Oslo. After German invasion in April 1940, the Norwegian monarch and government moved to London for the duration of the war.
The Day in Detail:
Mrs. C says: The Christmas parcels are piled up in the hallway, ready for me to post to my family and friends across the UK tomorrow – the people I will not see this holiday season, alas. So please think about getting your packages together ready for the post as well, so you can hopefully beat the post office rush first thing in the morning…and avoid the possibility of missing the UK deadline for parcel deliveries. You will find those cut-off dates on our Posting & Packaging page.
Mrs. C: I might need to escape him today, maybe to a Christmassy venue. Normally, my first thought on this front is a Christmas market. Incredibly festive as a rule. Sadly, some markets are not taking place this year because of the financial impact of the pandemic. The markets have been a tradition for many years on the European continent, but have become ever more popular on British shores in recent years. Indeed, they are now firmly established as part of UK Christmas tradition.
Ed Elf: It’s the gluhwein. Brits love a beverage, no matter how you spell it – or how it tastes.
Mrs. C: Well, I’m not averse to a little mug of gluhwein myself. Just to warm the cockles you understand. But if your UK market options are limited because of social distancing and travel restrictions, perhaps there is another Christmassy venue you could visit with family – where you might still be able to enjoy a warm cup of cheer. How about the illuminated grounds of a stately home, a park full of roaming reindeer or an open air grotto? We might have to get inventive this year.
- Prepare to post your Christmas parcels to family and friends in the UK who you won’t be seeing over the holiday period.
- If possible, safely visit a Christmassy venue in your area and enjoy some gluhwein.